Mary’s House was established because the people of northern Sydney wanted to do something real to help women and children to escape from potentially fatal domestic violence. It is 100% community funded, and we’re appealing to our friends to keep supporting us to continue to make a difference.
We know times are tough, so we want to be sure that you know where the money goes.
Most of the cash donations support our caseworkers. People kindly ask, “how much do you need?” The answer to that is of course, “how long is a piece of string”? We are already receiving more referrals than we can support and without more funding, women will be turned away. So the equation is simple, the more funding we can raise the more we can provide in additional case worker hours and the more women and children we can help.
Every single dollar that comes to Mary’s House counts in practical ways. In helping women set up a new future, there’s a whole raft of areas where your help makes a difference. Here are some examples…
$50 Essential Personal Items
When a family arrives at the refuge, they often have an immediate need for personal care items. $50 can provide a complete pack of essential items to be given on arrival. It includes things like shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, hairbrush, handcream, moisturiser, etc
$100 Essential Travel
Not having access to a car means reliance on public transport to get to appointments with police, counsellors and other services. $100 provides access to transport to access these services, as well as to take children to school
$500 Basic Clothing
It is not uncommon for a family to arrive with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. While some, good quality items are donated, being able to provide new basics like underwear, shoes, jeans, tops and jumpers/jackets for a woman and her children is essential. A small starter of wardrobe items for a small family can be purchased for $500
$1,000 Baby Essentials
Any parent will know the cost of setting up for a new baby or a small infant. $1,000 can provide all the essentials for mum to look after her little one.
These packs could include things like a cot, a baby monitor, baby clothes, nappies, baby formula, bottles, sterilisers, soothers, age appropriate toys
Home Set Up
$2,000 will set up bedrooms for a Mum and two children including a queen bed, queen mattress, 2 x single beds, 2 x single mattresses, linen for all beds
$5,000 can set up a whole new home with the basics for a kitchen, dining, living room and bedroom furniture and the household essentials for a new start
2020 was a difficult year for everyone, which is why we’re so very grateful to you all for your support and advocacy. In 2021, we hope to move ever-closer to our goal which is to say “we don’t accept domestic violence in our community” and to bring services to more women and their children than ever before. That’s thanks to you all.